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President Obama Defends His Record On Race

In an interview with NPR, Obama answers critics among people of color who say that, despite their overwhelming support at the ballot box, he hasn't delivered enough results for their communities.
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Are We Living In An Unprecedented Age Of Terror?

It seems attacks are happening at a more furious pace than ever before. Georgetown Security Studies professor Daniel Byman tells Steve Inskeep that there were many more incidents in the '70s and '80s.
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This Shakespeare Reconstruction Sets 'Merchant' In Post-Civil War D.C.

In District Merchants, Shylock is still Jewish, but half of the other characters are freed slaves. The playwright says he was inspired but a reference to slavery in Shakespeare's original text.

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Prohibition-Era Gang Violence Prompted Congress To Act On Gun Control

In the 1930s, the United States government was absorbed with a different kind of gun violence: prohibition-era gangsters using fully automatic weapons of war, with civilians often caught in the crossfire. NPR looks back at how the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, passed the nation's first firearms legislation, which still holds today.
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Ancient Pay Stub Shows Workers Were Paid In Beer

The British Museum has a 5,000-year-old tablet from the ancient Mesopotamian city of Uruk that is likely a pay stub. Historians say beer at that time was thick and starchy — basically liquid bread.
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Researchers Uncover Long-Lost Tunnel Used By Jews To Escape Extermination Pits

They have provided physical evidence to a famous story of heroism during the Holocaust — known before only through the testimony of the 11 Jews who escaped a Lithuanian massacre site.
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History's Influence On Diets In D.C. And Around The World

Kojo and chef Pati Jinich look at how history -- and famous names like El Chico, Azteca and even Fritos -- shaped modern Mexican-American cooking in the Washington region and beyond.

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In 'Hustling Hitler,' A Jewish Vaudevillian Scams The Third Reich

It seems everyone has one: the eccentric relative much gossiped about. For Walter Shapiro, it's his great-uncle, Freeman Bernstein. The vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, card shark and stock swindler managed to scam the Third Reich. Shapiro writes about this in his new book, Hustling Hitler.
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Anacostia Unmapped: The Pearl

This map was never drawn. It had to be memorized. It led past half-built Washington City landmarks to a schooner. Freedom was the goal.

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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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